The Hunter’s Green Green Machine turned in one of the best sectional performances in recent club memory at the 18-over 3.5 event in Altamonte Springs over the weekend, but it wasn’t enough to produce any victories despite some close calls.
The Green Machine finished 0-4 for the weekend, but lost three matches by 3-2 scores.
“Great performance,” said captain John Cotey. “We were told we would be wiped out, but to lose 3-2 in our first three matches was better than what we expected. We went with eight players, had to call in Herbie Gabora from Tampa after an injury to Pat Rairigh, and I feel confident saying if we had a full squad we would have been 3-0 heading into Sunday. But the nine guys fought hard, playing four matches in 48 hours on hard courts in blazing heat. We aren’t that far away. See you at practice Monday at 8 a.m. sharp.”
The Green Machine lost 3-2 to Alachua on Friday, and dropped 3-2 decisions to Duval and Collier on Saturday before a 5-0 loss to Broward on Sunday. The last two matches were played with the scoring starting at 2-2 each set due to rain.
We had lots of bigtime performances. Shaun Cooley stepped up at singles and picked up a win, while also winning at doubles with Patrick Rairigh.
John Slatniske was 1-0 in singles and won twice at No.1 doubles with Cotey. Erik Hajek picked up a win at singles, Peter Groer took a 4-0 lead at No. 1 singles before falling, and he and Bob Schmidt almost pulled off a big upset in doubles against Collier.
J.R. Daws took a crack at No. 1 singles on Sunday and gave the team its best hope for a victory. Rairigh, who won at No. 2 doubles with Coolio, pulled a calf muscle in a doubles loss with Hajek and couldn’t play the last two matches, but Herb Gabora picked up the bat phone and drove over from Tampa to step in for two matches and played well.
Herbie also gave us our highlight of the weekend, rebuffing Slatniske’s offer of M&Ms by saying “No thanks, I’m not an adolescent.” Slatniske will never eat another bag of M&Ms again without wondering if, indeed, he is an adolescent. (FYI: He is.).
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